November 22, 2017

RECIPE: Taco-Style Lentils & Rice

I came across a similar recipe somewhere (maybe SparkPeople?) when I was losing the weight, and I absolutely loved it! This recipe has a ton of fiber, it's super filling, and you can use it in several different ways. We like to eat it out of a bowl topped with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, etc. You could use it in place of taco meat. You could use it to top nachos. I've even used it to stuff green peppers!

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3/4 cup dry lentils
3/4 cup uncooked white rice*
3-1/2 cups beef broth or veggie broth for vegan
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. (Don’t open the lid or stir while it’s cooking!) Simmer on low until the lentils and rice are cooked, when all the water is absorbed (about 20-25 minutes). If there is still water left, increase the heat and remove the lid to evaporate some of the excess water.

Serve topped with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, etc. Or use as a filling for tacos, a topping for nachos, stuff in it green peppers (like below), etc.

*You can use brown rice, but it takes much longer to cook than the lentils do. I would recommend cooking it separately in beef broth, and then adding it to the dish afterward. You’ll have to reduce the amount of broth in the lentils by roughly half.

Taco-Style Lentils and Rice Stuffed Peppers


  1. I've made this recipe 4 times now and love it! It's hard to find something that's healthy, tasty, easy to make AND inexpensive!

    1. Isn't it great? It's crazy easy to make, and it's very versatile. I'm glad you like it! :)


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